Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed elected new President of UAE IG News

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed elected new President of UAE

DUBAI (Reuters) – The de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, was on Saturday elected president of the Gulf Arab state by a federal Supreme Council, which strengthened its rule over the OPEC oil producer and key regional player.

He takes over as president at a time when the United Arab Emirates’ longstanding ties with the United States have been strained by perceived US disengagement over security concerns from its Gulf allies and Western countries trying to isolate Russia over the Ukraine conflict. Want support from this area to help.

The council, which groups the rulers of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates federation, Sheikh Mohammed known as MBZ, a day after the death of his half-brother, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, who was also the ruler of Abu Dhabi .

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, who is also Vice President and Premier of the United Arab Emirates, said, “We congratulate him and take an oath of allegiance to him like our people… The lead will follow.” a Twitter post.

MBZ, 61, had already held power for years, during which he led a realignment of the Middle East, forming a new anti-Iranian axis with Israel and investing in the United Arab Emirates’ military, which has bolstered its oil Combined with wealth, Emirati influence increased.

The United Arab Emirates, a trade and tourism hub, has also deepened ties with Russia and China at a time when Washington’s political capital Yemen wars with Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, Iran and the US over differences over lucrative arms sales. has decreased.

Kristin Dewan, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, said: “Mohammed bin Zayed has set the future course not only for the United Arab Emirates but for much of the Gulf in his vision of state building and power projection. “

“The future direction is set under him and is reflected in other Gulf leaders in the adoption of state-led and globally-oriented economic diversification and a more assertive foreign policy that looks beyond the Gulf and traditional partners.”

The Biden administration has moved to improve relations with oil giants Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Both have refused to take sides in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and rejected Western calls for more oil to be pumped in to help lower crude prices. read more

It was unclear whether President Joe Biden would be among the world leaders traveling to Abu Dhabi to mourn the death of Sheikh Khalifa. French President Emmanuel Macron is due to arrive on Sunday. read more

MBZ has shied away from a flamboyant foreign policy and military misadventure that drove the UAE into conflict from Yemen to Libya to focus on economic priorities. This has seen the UAE engage with Iran and Turkey as well as Syria’s president after years of hostility.

“MBZ will need to take further steps to strengthen the UAE’s position as the region’s premier financial, logistics and trading hub,” James Swanston of Capital Economics said in a note. Transition away from hydrocarbons.

Earlier, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who passed away on Friday, was laid to rest on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif will arrive in UAE from London to condole the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto reached the UAE Embassy and condoled the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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